Today I spent more time than I intended to on creating security certificates for a couple of web sites. I try to stay on top of these things. Anyway, before creating these certificates I made a backup of the sites. While the backups were running my mind wandered.
I often look for corollaries between my work* and things I’ve learned from the Bible. So I started thinking about security certificates and that led to the 14th chapter of John.
Two verses before the verse where Jesus tells His disciples that He will not leave them as orphans Jesus makes this astounding statement: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth” (John 14:16–17 ESV).
Holy Spirit is our Security Certificate
Quoting from “GotQuestions.org”: The Greek word translated “Comforter” or “Counselor” (as found in John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7) is parakletos. This form of the word is unquestionably passive and properly means “one called to the side of another”; the word carries a secondary notion concerning the purpose of the calling alongside: to counsel or support the one who needs it. This Counselor, or Paraclete, is God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity who has been “called to our side.” He is a personal being, and He indwells every believer.
I just created a security certificate that is a seal guaranteeing a web site is what it says it is. Among the many activities of the Holy Spirit one of them is that He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). That’s how the Holy Spirit ties back to the work I am doing. And that’s good news!
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*I’m retired and I don’t get paid for this so it’s a stretch to call it work.